On November 28, 2002 in â€œMore than Just Turkey,â€ I shared our familyâ€™s custom of selecting an annual theme for grab bag gifts at Christmas. As reported then, this yearâ€™s theme was â€œBill and Tedâ€™s Excellent Adventure Christmas,â€ inspired by the movie in which two spaced out high school students manage to go back in time and witness historical events. As such, each participant in the grab bag had to purchase gifts that collectively signified an historical event.
It turned out to be more of a challenge than any of us realized at the time. Of course, my putting the grab bag gift out of mind until the last minute did not make things easier.
Hereâ€™s a sampling of the gifts that were exchanged:
Gift: A book about Kites, Photocopy of the front side of a $100 bill, and the book â€œThe Perfect Storm.â€
Event. Ben Franklinâ€™s experiment proving that lightening was an electrical phenomenon.
Gift: Bottle of Fab Detergent, American Flag Pin, â€œ4â€ birthday candle, and a can of â€œRaidâ€
Event. British/Beatlesâ€™ Invasion of America
Gift. Small globe, toy soldiers, â€œUnoâ€ game.
Event World War One
Gift. Toy Firemen, box of wooden matches, small cow, Video Tape of â€œChicago Joe and the Showgirlâ€
Event. Chicago Fire
Gift. Tea set, tea, Samuel Adams Beer, Tastykake Krimpets
Event. Boston Tea Party
Gift. Can of soup, two apples, loaf of bread
Event. The Great Depression
Gift. Bottle of Crown Royal Whiskey, Bottle of sweet vermouth, check in the amount of $24.00
As in the past, we had lots of laughs, but we all agreed that, by comparison, the Elvis Christmas was a snap.